Lansing – Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has turned in 30,000 petitions to qualify as candidate in her run for Michigan governor.

Whitmer and her campaign supporters submitted the voter signatures Thursday to the secretary of state’s office in Lansing. She needed 15,000 and said the signatures were gathered and validated with volunteers.

Whitmer is the second Democrat to file petitions, joining Abdul El-Sayed. Shri Thanedar and Bill Cobbs also are running, and the deadline to file is April 24.

Standing with boisterous volunteers, Whitmer said her campaign is about making Michigan a state where “our young people stay” and people “can retire with dignity.” As supporters cheered loudly, she told reporters that voters are most concerned about job opportunities, the roads and schools.

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